Sands China announces procurement program for local businesses

Sands China revealed a new procurement program for local enterprises, in which the operator will invite suppliers to partner up for a range of products and services.

According to the Macau Daily Times, Sands China will put out to tender about 200 items covering a broad range of categories such as operating supplies, food and beverage, furniture and lighting, facilities, gaming, marketing and technology.

“This long-term program supports the Macau government’s initiative to ‘buy local,’ and it demonstrates Sands China’s commitment to supporting local business,” Ben Toh, executive vice-president of the group, was quoted as saying.

The company said that 83 percent of its MOP12.5 billion operational expenditure went towards local service suppliers last year.

But some participants during Wednesday’s presentation from the garment sector want the company to go a step further, suggesting the group rely more on local producers.

“They have hired executives from overseas, who have no passion for the Macau industry and who have their own vendor bases,” said Jose Tang, managing director of four local garment factories.